Going Up, One at a Time

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves…”

― Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary was New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist, who became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mt Everest, together with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay.

I always believe that one of the main goals in life is to conquer ourselves.

There are many paths to choose, so many different rules and games. One may choose martial arts, others maybe sports, or science. Careers, or art. Traveling. Music. Culinary and Mixology. Basically everything that challenges our inner self and makes our blood boils to it.

So far, I only have one experience climbing mountain. It is a mountain near the city where I live, Mt Gede, which the summit is 2958 meters above sea level. I was not in my best condition, where as a corporate worker I mostly sit in front of computer and drive and talk to people. I rarely go to gym or do sports since I graduated from Uni. To put it simply: I was really in no shape to climb a mountain.

I relied on my willpower, as both of my legs refused to cooperate anymore first hour since I started climbing. I thought that it is okay if I go slowly, one leg at a time, no matter how slow. The important thing is to go forward, even if it’s only one step. I met many people on my way up, some of them greeted and cheered me, some of them stayed silent, the others maybe saw me as a competitor and wanted to go ahead of me. There were times when I thought if I should just gave up, but the thought about the walk of shame I’d have to do when going back down before reaching the summit was killing my pride. I had come to the point of being strong was the only choice, no matter how tired and painful it was, I just had to grit my teeth and move my legs forward.

After long hours of climbing…


I guess what makes the mountain summit beautiful is the feeling of become a winner from the battle with yourself. The proud feeling that we weren’t giving up but keep going, one at a time. I am sure that one can rent a helicopter to fly leisurely to the same summit to enjoy the beautiful scenery… but would it have the same feeling? I think that the journey to the top is necessary to enjoy a mountain summit to the fullest 🙂

“… I will come again & conquer you because as a mountain you can’t grow, but as a human, I can…”

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